In today’s article, I’m looking at the Arylic A50+ wireless stereo amplifier. The A50+ has a 50W*2 output, wired and wireless connectivity and can be linked with other units to create a multiroom audio system. It’s priced at $199.
Disclaimer: This sample was provided by Arylic for an honest review. All observations and opinions here are my own based on my experience with the product.
Arylic A50+ Streaming Amplifier Review
Just add speakers and WiFi and you have a wireless audio system that's not just compact but also sounds great.
Audio Input USB 2.0, Analog RCA, Digital SPDIF Optical
Audio Output Speaker out
Speaker Power 24V 4ohm 50W *2
24V 8ohm 30W *2
Speaker Impedance 4-8ohm
Audio Format MP3/AAC/AAC+/ALAC/APE/WAV/FLAC
Audio Decoding Up to 24bit/192KHz
Dimension 120 x 113 x 37mm
Package and Accessories
The A50+ experience starts with the box. The compact box looks clean and modern. At first, I was wondering why the box was so heavy, especially when I saw how small and lightweight the actual unit is. Then I realized it was the generous bundle of cables and accessories that made up the majority of the weight. Here’s what we found inside the box:
The chassis is made from lightweight aluminium and the build quality feels great. The front panel is black and hosts an LED that shows the device’s status. You can turn off the LED if desired with a single button press on the remote.
Over on the back of the unit, there’s a Bluetooth antenna at the left and a WiFi antenna at the top right. Below the Bluetooth antenna is a Micro USB port for connection to a PC to work as a USB DAC. Below that is a small multi-function button to switch input modes (short press), switch on/off (long press), re-pair WiFi or Bluetooth (double press) and reset the unit to factory defaults (triple press).
Next to those are a pair of RCA inputs, followed by a subwoofer out. Below the SW out there is a digital optical input. Next in line is a LAN port that sits above a USB-A input used for connecting USB disk drives.
To the right of the LAN and USB ports is a 4-pin Phoenix speaker terminal and lastly, the DC power port. Connecting passive speakers to the device is simple but in my case, I have thick gauge speaker cables so it was quite a challenge to get them into the tiny block connector. It took some work, but after some twisting and pushing, I managed to get the wires in place and secured them with the included screwdriver.
Setup and Functionality
Setting up the A50+ is simple: once you have your speakers and any additional physical inputs connected it’s time to fire up the 4STREAM app and follow the prompts to get connected via Bluetooth and then to your WiFi network. I found the process easy and after a few clicks, the app took care of the rest.
Once you’re done with the setup, you’re good to go. If you’re using a wired input, you can simply start playing music from your source. If you’re using the 4STREAM app on your phone and a multi-room setup, you can choose which specific rooms you want to send music to or play all of them at once.
You can name each A50+ unit whatever you like or use the preset suggestions like Living Room, Kitchen, Office etc. What’s more, you can even have EQ presets for every separate room or device. But wait there’s more: there’s even an alarm clock that will play music at any desired time and room.
You can stream music directly to the device via Bluetooth or use the 4STREAM app which opens up a lot of options. The A50+ supports many popular streaming services, including Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, Qobuz, Amazon Music, Napster, Pandora, Internet Radio, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and QQMusic.
Included with the Arylic A50+ is a remote control. Using the remote control, you can adjust the input, volume, EQ, playback and turn the device on/off. Unfortunately, it’s an infrared remote so it needs a direct line of sight to the amplifier to work. If you don’t have line-of-sight, you’ll need to use the app instead.
The Arylic A50+ comes with its own tone/EQ controls. These can be accessed through either the 4STREAM app or directly via the remote control. You can adjust the bass and treble settings plus there is a setting called Deep Bass and I think you can guess what that does. These EQ controls work well but during my testing, I left the sound at default/flat.
I did the majority of my testing using the 4STREAM app and streaming Tidal over my WiFi network and the A50+ amplifier was connected directly to my NHT C3 speakers and my Polk HTS 12 ported subwoofer.
The A50+ pushes 50Wx2CH@4ohm or 30Wx2CH@8ohm which I found adequate for my bookshelf speakers in terms of power delivery. Obviously, if you have large power-hungry speakers you’ll need to look at other solutions. For the most part, however, the A50+ will drive modest home systems with ease.
Considering the tiny size of the A50+, you might expect it to lack drive, especially in the bass, but that is not the case. It delivers lavish, punchy and tight bass, even with my subwoofer turned off.
Running through my playlists, the A50+ provided a clean, uncoloured sound rich in dynamics. It’s able to resolve fine details and present a wide soundstage with good instrument separation. The amp had more than enough power on tap at all times and even when pushed, the amp never showed any distortion.
I found the connectivity over WiFi to be flawless at all times. I haven’t heard a single stutter and the connection maintains rock-solid stability.
I’ve been really impressed with the Arylic A50+. Not only has the wireless connectivity proven to be stellar but it also impressed me with its clean, powerful sound. Considering the device’s tiny footprint and modest price, I think this is an absolute must-have if you’re looking at getting into wireless or multiroom home streaming. Recommended.
50Wx2CH@4ohm, 30Wx2CH@8ohm full digital amplifier.
Streaming music via network without distance limitation or Bluetooth5.0 up to 15 meters.